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DAISY Award Given to Deserving Nurse

Dana Friedman, RN, has been presented with the most recent DAISY Award for excellence in nursing by Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ). Friedman joined the hospital in 2015 and began her career on Med Surg 2 but is now employed in the emergency department.

Friedman was chosen by hospital leadership for the award because of the compassion she showed towards a patient and his wife. The couple was celebrating their 51rst wedding anniversary and when Friedman found out, she had red velvet cupcakes delivered. “It was so thoughtful and kind,” the patient’s wife said. Patients, their loved ones and visitors can nominate a nurse anytime for a DAISY Award.

During a special ceremony, Friedman was presented with a DAISY Award appreciation certificate for being an “Extraordinary Nurse” and a small sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch.” The design for the latter originates from the Shona Tribe in Africa.

PHOTO CAPTION: Dana Friedman, RN, is the proud recipient of a DAISY Award from Florida Hospital Zephyrhills for nursing excellence.

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 149-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a proud member of the Adventist Health System, providing a legacy of health and healing for more than 150 years. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association®, the American Stroke Association®, The Joint Commission, and Women’s Choice Award® for providing quality patient care with emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure from the American Heart Association® and the American Stroke Association®. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings including general, orthopedic, gynecology, urology, cardiothoracic and vascular. The Women’s Health Center offers services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers emergency services, a robotics program, Bone and Joint Center, wellness center, wellness spa, rehabilitation, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit for more information.